(15 ISBE Clock Hours) Participants in this course will learn what typical writing looks like for kindergarten through third-grade students, as well as some common writing tasks they can be expected to accomplish. This course will also cover the purpose of both holistic and analytic rubrics, and when each type is appropriate to use for the assessment of student writing. Participants will also learn how to develop their own rubrics to use to monitor the progress of their students’ writing skills.

  • Total Price: $85
  • Credit Type: ISBE Clock Hours

  • Credits: 15 ISBE Clock Hours

  • 9 High-Quality Resources Provided with the Course


  • ELA, Reading/Writing
  • Lesson & Curriculum Planning
  • Teaching Strategies
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Course Objectives & What You Will Learn in this Course:

What You Will Learn
  • Learn What Typical Writing Should Look Like for Each Grade Level, From Kindergarten Through Third Grade

  • Learn The Purpose of, How to Use, and How to Build Various Types of Rubrics to Assess Student Writing

  • Learn How to Create Your Own Rubrics To Assess Your Students’ Growth in Writing & Other Cross-Curricular Subjects

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Course Guiding Question:

Course Guiding Questions

How can educators assess the progress of their primary students’ writing skills using rubrics?

Great course and resources!

I found this course really helpful. I learned a ton of new information and strategies on how to build rubrics to track my students’ mastery in writing. I have always struggled with consistently grading my writing students, with the rubric strategies here, I can now do this much more quickly and consistently. Highly recommend!

-3rd Grade Teacher

 15 ISBE Clock Hours

At the conclusion of this course, you will earn 15 ISBE clock hours, including a signed ISBE certificate.

Continuing Education hours through Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU) are offered as ISBE clock hours and indicated as continuing education clock hours on a University provided certificate. Although offered in partnership with NEIU, they do not result in graduate- level or academic credit and cannot be used toward a degree program. These courses are primarily intended for recertification or re-licensure and continuing education for teachers in the state of Illinois.

Northeastern Illinois University is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. It is recognized as an approved provider of ISBE clock hours by the state of Illinois.

Course Sections

Topics Covered and General Course Outline

Section 1 – Writing in the Primary Grades

  • What typical writing looks like for each grade level, kindergarten through third grade
  • The purpose of, and how to use, holistic and analytic rubrics to assess writing
  • How to create both holistic and analytic rubrics

Section 2 – Understanding Rubrics

  • The differences between holistic and analytic rubrics and the benefits of each type

Section 3 – How to create both holistic and analytic rubrics

  • Analytic rubrics based on the six traits of writing
  • Customized analytic rubrics
  • Holistic rubrics

Section 4 – Assessing Student Growth With Rubrics

  • How to use rubrics to monitor student growth in writing skills
  • How to use rubrics to collect data to be used in setting student goals
  • How to use rubrics to guide your writing instruction

Section 5 – Rubrics for Cross-Curricular Connections

  • The value of using rubrics to assess writing in other subject areas (Science, Math,
  • Social Studies, & Reading)
Professional Development Course Resources

Helpful Resources & Templates Included With the Course
The course comes with 9 templates, tools, and graphic organizers ready to be used in your classroom!
These Include:

  • Analytic Rubric Template
  • Checklist Samples
  • Customized Analytic Rubric Samples
  • Holistic and Analytic Rubric Template
  • Holistic Rubric Template
  • Holistic Rubrics
  • Six Traits Analytic Rubric Samples
  • Writing Lesson Plan Template
  • Effectiveness Checklist
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  • Register for full access to the course for 1 full year
  • Get started immediately, work at your own pace, and earn 15 ISBE clock hours once complete
  • Once your course is complete you will receive a completed ISBE certificate from NEIU

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